May 18, 2016

No PubMed or Google Scholar alerts today, so just a short post.

Events

Twitter chat Thu May 19, 10-11 AM EST run by @ASMicrobiology re: AAM report on Microbes & Built Environment – Use #ASMChats – Jonathan Eisen – MicroBEnet

Plant, root, and soil microbiome

Long-term effects of vegetational restoration on soil microbial communities on the Loess Plateau of China – Lie Xiao – Restoration Ecology

Response of soil microbial biomass and activity in early restored lands in the northeastern Brazilian Atlantic Forest – Gabriela Martucci do Couto — Restoration Ecology

Optimization of viral resuspension methods for carbon-rich soils along a permafrost thaw gradient – Gareth Trubl – PeerJ

Metabolomics

Dynamic substrate preferences and predicted metabolic properties of a simple microbial consortium – Onur Erbilgin – bioRxiv

Microbes in the news
Teamwork enables bacterial survival – Strains of E. coli resistant to one antibiotic can protect other bacteria growing nearby – Science Daily

Immunization with bacteria promotes stress resilience, coping behaviors in mice – EurekAlert

Vancouver teen engineers bacteria to win top prize at biggest school contest – Camille Bains – Toronto Sun

Test for tick’s Lyme disease bacteria now available in Canada – Lisa Johnson – CBC News

Conference updateLikely Connection Between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Gut Microbiome – Dinko Kranjac – Psychiatry Advisor

Is Gut Science Biased? About WEIRD microbiomes – Anna Maria Barry-Jester – FiveThirtyEight

Science, publishing, and career

Fair Pay for Postdocs: Why We Support New Federal Overtime Rules – Francis S. Collins and Thomas E. Perez – Huffington Post

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Experiences of Academic Medical Faculty – Reshma Jagsi – JAMA

News coverageFemale scientists report pervasive gender bias, sexual harassment – Leah Samuel – STAT News

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